Session Title

"The Greatest Sport": Histories of Collecting Medieval Manuscripts

Sponsoring Organization(s)

Schoenberg Database of Manuscripts Project, Univ. of Pennsylvania

Organizer Name

Alexander Devine

Organizer Affiliation

Schoenberg Database of Manuscripts/Univ. of Pennsylvania

Presider Name

Lynn Ransom

Presider Affiliation

Schoenberg Database of Manuscripts

Paper Title 1

The Schoenberg Database and the Dark Secrets of the Book Trade: Uncovering the Sources of Manuscript Fragments

Presenter 1 Name

Scott Gwara

Presenter 1 Affiliation

Univ. of South Carolina-Columbia

Paper Title 2

Manuscripts Lost, Manuscripts Found: Using the Schoenberg Database to Track the Movement of Manuscripts in North America

Presenter 2 Name

Lisa Fagin Davis, Melissa Conway

Presenter 2 Affiliation

Simmons Graduate School of Library and Information Science, Univ. of California-Riverside

Paper Title 3

Bibles for Sale: Thirteenth-Century Bibles and the Antiquarian Book Trade of the "Long" Eighteenth Century

Presenter 3 Name

Alexander Devine

Start Date

11-5-2013 10:00 AM

Session Location

Schneider 1130

Description

This session will focus on the collectors and collecting of medieval manuscripts and documents and the mapping of those networks of sale and purchase through which they have been pursued across the centuries. At the heart of this session lies the belief that studying provenance can have dynamic and profound effects not only on our understanding of these materials as objects to be bought and sold but also on the histories of production, circulation and reception of their texts. We particularly welcome proposals that explore diverse topics from the role of digital technologies such as the Schoenberg Database of Manuscripts in conducting provenance research, the relationship between institutional and private ownership of manuscripts, specific case studies of collecting practices, the transatlantic travels of medieval materials, collectors’ roles in the dispersal of libraries and the fragmentation of manuscripts, collectors and manuscript conservation and preservation, how a manuscript’s provenance history can effect its value and collectability on the rare books market, to how collectors and the act of collecting can shape and influence interpretations of manuscript evidence.

Mr. Alexander L. Devine

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May 11th, 10:00 AM

"The Greatest Sport": Histories of Collecting Medieval Manuscripts

Schneider 1130

This session will focus on the collectors and collecting of medieval manuscripts and documents and the mapping of those networks of sale and purchase through which they have been pursued across the centuries. At the heart of this session lies the belief that studying provenance can have dynamic and profound effects not only on our understanding of these materials as objects to be bought and sold but also on the histories of production, circulation and reception of their texts. We particularly welcome proposals that explore diverse topics from the role of digital technologies such as the Schoenberg Database of Manuscripts in conducting provenance research, the relationship between institutional and private ownership of manuscripts, specific case studies of collecting practices, the transatlantic travels of medieval materials, collectors’ roles in the dispersal of libraries and the fragmentation of manuscripts, collectors and manuscript conservation and preservation, how a manuscript’s provenance history can effect its value and collectability on the rare books market, to how collectors and the act of collecting can shape and influence interpretations of manuscript evidence.

Mr. Alexander L. Devine